Attacker avoids jail for hammer smash at home

Preston Crown Court

Preston Crown Court

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A man has avoided being sent to jail after he attacked his ex-partner’s Blackpool home with a hammer.

James Anderson smashed the front window of the property before leaving the scene.

The 47-year-old, of Schola Green Lane, Morecambe, had pleaded guilty to a charge of criminal damage.

Magistrates had committed him to the higher court for sentencing as he was in breach of an earlier suspended sentence for harassing the same woman.

The incident happened at a home on Branstree Road, Mereside, last month.

Andrew Cresswell, prosecuting, said the defendant and a woman had been in a volatile relationship for more than three years.

Drink played a large part in the problems, he said.

On September 3 the woman had had enough and ended the relationship, telling Anderson to leave. He was told he could return to collect his property.

He failed to do that on the day arranged but the following day the woman was out.

She got a number of phone calls from Anderson, asking her to return home.

She went back and saw him outside, but was too scared to approach.

The court was told the defendant got out of a vehicle, armed with a hammer and smashed the front living room window.

Anderson told police he had lost his temper and smashed the window with a stick he found in the garden.

Paul Robinson, defending, said the suspended sentence his client has been on for almost two years would expire in a week’s time.

He added: “There are still issues that need to be addressed and hopefully they can if he is under the supervision of the probation service.”

A judge at Preston Crown Court sentenced Anderson to two months prison, suspended for 18 months, with 18 months court supervision.

He was also given a £150 fine and a 9pm-6am nightly curfew to run until midnight on October 31.

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